Customer Tip No1
How to move a design from the front to the back of a product (or vice versa)
So you’re browsing the Zazzle marketplace or a Zazzle store and you see a tee with a great design on the front, you keep looking to see if you can find a t-shirt with the same design on the back, nothing! The designer has not created this t-shirt with a back printing option. You obviously don’t have access to the orginal design file to upload it to the back of the shirt, so does that mean you can’t have the shirt as you want it?
No worries!…You can move it yourself using the Zazzle design tool
Now I must stress at this point that this is only possible if the designer has left the “Customize It” option open for use on the product, some don’t. This is denoted by seeing the orange button on the product page.
If that’s present, you can proceed with creating your lovely t-shirt by following these few easy steps…
- On the next screen, at this point make a note of whether Portrait or Landscape placement has been used (*see notes)
- In the “customize It” area click on the dropdown menu titled “EDIT”
- Click “Select All” in the dropdown menu (this will highlight all layers of the design present **see notes)
- Click “EDIT” again and select “Cut”, the product picture will go blank
- Now change the product picture to the back view of the product
- Important!…check that the Portrait/Landscape placement is set at the same selection as side 1
- Click “EDIT” and select “Paste”
Voila! You now have the whole design on the back of the garment.
This technique does not apply to just t-shirts, any Zazzle product that has more than one printable design area can utilise it; cards, ornaments and mugs especially. Many times I see where a designer has put the design only on one side of a mug, the remainder is blank. By using the above method and copy/paste instead of cut/paste, the design can be duplicated around the mug. So have fun and create something unique to you!
*Portrait or Landscape placement options are shown on a dropdown menu close to the edit menu if available. These options are not available on all Zazzle products, so if it’s not present there is no need to worry about it. If it is available on the product you are customizing it is important because pasting the graphics into a different placement option can result in mis-placed, oversized or distorted graphics.
** It’s also possible, in cases where a designer has used multiple layers within Zazzle to create a design, to select individual layers of the design to either move or copy to another design area. To do this instead of selecting “all” just click on an individual design element listed to select it. To select multiple design elements hold down Ctrl+Alt on your keyboard and click on each layer you wish to include.
The copy/cut/paste commands referred to in this tutorial are functions of the Zazzle design tool, not the same commands that can be found by right-clicking with your mouse.